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Four projects shortlisted in Queensland awards

Four BVN projects have been included in the shortlist of Regional Architecture Awards making them nominees for a Queensland Architecture Award that will be announced on Friday 8 June 2018. Source: Timberbiz. Photos: Christopher Frederick Jones The shortlisted projects include the Gold
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Tigercat 1185 Harvester to make Oz debut

Tigercat’s latest harvester, the eight-wheeled 1185, is scheduled to be demonstrated in Tumut/Tumbarumba on May 23. Source: Timberbiz The 1185 made its debut at Elmia in June and now it’s ready for its Oz debut. Anyone can register their interest to attend the demo by cont
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Sawn softwood imports up 16% – local producers watching closely

  Imports of sawn softwood topped 854,000m3 over the year-ended March, according to trade and market experts IndustryEdge. Source: IndustryEdge for Timberbiz The rise in imports was almost 16% or more than 116,000m3 higher than a year earlier, and defying expectations from 2017 t
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Intelligent use of timber important to worldwide climate protection

With the impact of global warming set to become a key issue in Australian forestry policy, German experts have emphasised the indispensable role of sustainable forest management in climate protection. From Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz The Victorian Labor Government has pledged to incl
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Villagers guard an ancient cedarwood forest in China

For 18 generations, people in Denglu Village, southwest China’s Guizhou Province, have kept their ancestor’s oath to guard a primeval forest of Chinese cedarwood (Phoebe nanmu). Source: Xinhuanet The large, slow-growing evergreen trees are better known as the precious timb
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10 haunted forests

Sitting on the northwestern side of Mount Fuji, Aokigahara Forest (more commonly known as “Suicide Forest”) is the definition of tragic beauty. Sometimes referred to as the Sea of Trees, it has been the site of numerous suicides, dating all the way back to the mid 1900s. S
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Eye way up in the sky is watching Indonesia

Astrosat, Scotland’s space and technology services company has a new partnership to support the Sumatra Merang Peatland Project (SMPP), a forest conservation and biodiversity protection initiative in South Sumatra, Indonesia. Source: Timberbiz Leveraging its access to data from some o
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NZ timber companies say still no solution to fumigation issues

Log and timber exporters could be able to over-ride a deadline for stricter controls around the use of the highly toxic fumigant, methyl bromide in New Zealand. Source: Radio New Zealand The Environmental Protection Authority ruled in 2010 that users would need to have new technology
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Timber design entries confirm wood’s exciting future

The 2018 NZ Wood-Resene Timber Design Awards are in “fantastic” heart given the high quality and numbers of entries received, according to Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association’s (WPMA) promotion manager Debbie Fergie. Source: Timberbiz Entries are proving that projects from o
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